Removing Barriers to Faith

2 Kings 18:1-8

Hezekiah’s trust in the Lord was greater than any of the other kings of Judah, either before or after his reign. His faith was active, powerful and affective, demonstrated in destroying the places of idol worship and the idols God’s people were worshipping, refusing to submit and serve a foreign king, and stricking down his enemies in the surrounding territory. Hezekiah’s faith in action paved the way for the people to worship the One, true God, and protected their ability to continue doing so.

I find myself, as a pastor and leader of God’s people, asking myself how I can follow Hezekiah’s example in removing barriers that prevent people from living lives of worship to God.

  • What false altars, practices and idols are in lives around me that I can help take down?
  • What is tempting me to give away any of my allegiance to Jesus, and affect those God has placed under my care?
  • What should I be targeting, as an enemy, that is coming against God’s people?

My prayer: Lord, help me to hold as fast to you as Hezekiah. Show me ways where I’m not walking as close to you as I should, where I am not following what you have asked of me. Be with me and allow me to create paths of greater worship for your people.


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